Sometimes, it’s a Personality Conflict, Not Gender Bias

By December 9, 2013Blog

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Emma Moore was interviewed regarding the bias against women in tech. She was one of a few women featured in this article.

‘Emma Moore, CEO of Fundamental, has been programming, designing and project managing for 14 years, and has rarely encountered gender inequality. “Sometimes, it would be initially perceived as such, but usually it’s a personality issue,” she says.’

5 Tips on Overcoming the Bias against Women in Tech
By Ritika Trikha – December 4th, 2013

When Aliza Sherman started the first female-owned tech company in the early 90s, many people mistook her for a secretary.

Fast forward a couple decades, Sherman still sees both subtle and overt bias against women in her field.

“The companies getting funded are all male-founded and helmed or the keynotes at major tech conferences are all or very predominately male,” Sherman says.

Heddi Cundle, single, female founder of myTab, a social travel gift card startup, would certainly agree with Sherman. “If I had a male cofounder, then we’d have been funded by now,” she says, “And it’s been greatly insinuated that I get a tech cofounder, which everyone knows are predominately male.”

This is not to say that the tech sphere has no examples of brilliant female leaders. IBM Vice President Sandy Carter, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and our very own CyberCoders President Heidi Golledge are just a few women driving innovation today.

Still, it’s hard to deny that, “while women are beginning to take enormous strides in the entrepreneurial world, men clearly dominate the industry,” says Lori Cheek, founder of NYC’s startup Cheek’d, which has been lauded as the next generation of online dating.

To help women combat this gender disparity, we spoke with several successful women in tech about the best, most practical way to make it big in a male-dominated world:

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